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Although the last Five Best body lotions was put together in April, it seemed already time for an update. As always, it is interesting to see which ones are keepers and, of course, it’s exciting to welcome even better new finds. I am still dreaming of the day that body care gets to be as good as face care (I don’t want my knees to give my age away). But in the last year or so, there have been some new launches that take pride of place in anti-aging collections. Winter is no excuse to forget everything below the chin so check out the best for your body.
SenZen’s Sealed And Delivered Body Lotion ($46). This is my most recent find and already a firm favorite. At under fifty bucks, I think SenZen has priced it very well (I think I can make it last about four months and the quality is superb). There is a light, lush mango smell that I love and this rich body lotion that leaves the skin feeling velvety and nourished. I particularly appreciate bacillus ferment, which is an unusual exfoliant. It is a bacteria with the ability to secrete a large number of enzymes that are supposed to be gentler than alpha hydroxy acids and confines itself to removing only dead skin cells. Plenty of anti-agers including dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, a peptide that tackles wrinkles, supposedly performing better than vitamin C. Plus acai and wound-healing passion flower, as well as omega-rich flax seed extract. With all this and much more, I am prepared to overlook the inclusion of talc and phenoxyethanol.
Dermophisiogique Bioage Repairing Body Cream ($100). If money were no object, this would be my favorite. It made my skin is as soft and glossy as butter. This rich body cream absorbs quickly. An important – and unusual – ingredient that helps achieve cellular repairing is phytic acid. This is the way that plants store phosphorus, a component of DNA. It is joined by papaya extract, which thanks to the pepain enzymes is effective at dislodging dead skin cells, fading freckles and healing wounds. Other botanicals include soothing chamomile and anti-inflammatory mallow. Antioxidant reinforcements are present in the form of black current, rice bran and grape leaf extract. The only ingredients not like are sodiums hydroxide and benzoate, which can both be irritants and possibly carcinogenic. A guilty pleasure that can be mitigated by interchanging it with something less expensive.
Yes To Carrots Hydrating Body Lotion SPF30 ($14.99). I can’t say that I have found many body lotions doubling as sunscreen that I enjoy using. But this one is neither chalky nor greasy and you can’t beat the price. I have found that this is a perfect sunscreen for daily use in the city and it is even relatively sweat proof for outdoor sports and exercise. A useful ingredient is kaolin clay. Not only is kaolin soothing, it will help mattify the shiniest of skins. There are Yes To signature ingredients such as dead sea water and, of course, carrot, a major source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, potassium, copper, vitamin A and vitamin K. Shea, jojoba and coconut oil moisturize while chamomile soothes. I also like the inclusion of melon, a source of potassium and vitamin A as well as being an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. The only thing not to like is polyhydroxystearic acid, which although considered a low hazard ingredient by the Cosmetic Database is biocumulative and hence its use is limited in Canada.
Osmotics Age Defense Barrier Repair Body Silk. Age Defense Barrier Repair Body Silk is one that finally takes aging as seriously as a high tech face serum. It lives up to its name in more ways than one. It really does give the skin a nice, silky feel – but with no tackiness or sense that it wasn’t being absorbed. Squalane and sodium hyaluronate make it super hydrating. It also has Osmotics' signature ingredient, carnosine. This is one of Truth In Aging's Five Best picks for antiaging ingredients. It is a natural amino-acid that is a potent antioxidant, helps to chelate ionic metals (flush toxins from the body) and has immune boosting properties. Products with tetrahydrocurcumin also get my vote. This is derived from the Indian spice turmeric. Its cosmetic purposes run the gamut from lightening skin to removing superfluous hair to curing eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Barrier Repair Body Silk lives up to its name in more ways than one. It really did give my skin a nice, silky feel – but with no tackiness or sense that it wasn’t being absorbed (an issue, I find frequently with ‘richer’ body lotions). It is on the expensive side at $85, but it really does go a long way (I was greatly surprised to find that the dispenser eked out a Scrooge-sized dollop and then discovered that a couple of pumps or so is all that is needed). The only ingredients to dislike are bismuth oxychloride, phenoxyethanol and disodium EDTA.
Nutra-Lift’s White Chocolate Body Butter ($27). Another well-priced Nutra-Lift product that will make chocoholics swoon with its real chocolate smell. The base is anti-inflammatory aloe vera and antioxidant seaweed and vitamin C are next in line. There is more, of course, to chocolate than an indulgence. High in flavanoids, chocolate is a natural sunscreen and antioxidant. It is given a boost by guarana. This is a kind of turbo-charged coffee bean that is made into a popular, energy giving drink in Brazil. It is an antioxidant and antibacterial.
Ingredients In SenZen:
Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, Prunus, Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Simmonsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Grandifkorum (Cupuacu) Fruit Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hydrolyzed Cottonseed Protein, Dipalmitayl Hydroxyproline, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (acai) Pulp Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Jojoba Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Bacillus Ferment, Montmorillonite (Trace Minerals), Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Extract, Anthemis Nobillis (Roman Chamomile) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Talc, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Ferric Ferrocyanide (Cl 77510), D&C Red No. 30 (CI 73360)
Ingredients in Dermophisiologique
Aqua (water), c12-15 alkyl benzoate, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil (sweet almond oil), glycerin,dicaprylyl carbonate, simmondsia chinensis oil (jojoba oil), phytic acid, carica papaya extract (papaya extract) chamomilla recutita extract (matricaria flower extract), malva sylvestris extract (mallow extract), oryza sativa bran oil (rice bran oil), potassium cetyl phosphate, ribes nigrum oil (black currant oil), vitis vinifera extract (grape leaf extract), glicine soja (soybean extract),citric acid, acryloyldimethyl acrylate, polysorbate 60, ceteareth 20, cetarryl alcohol, ceteth-24, cheleth 24, glycerinstearate, peg-100 stearate, propyleneglycol,steareth-2, trimrthylopropane,tricaprylate/tricaprate, phospholipids, escin, lecithin, beta-sitosterol, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium hydroxide (sodium hydroxide), disodium edta, cetearyl glucoside, sodium dehydroacetate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, profumo (fragrance).
Ingredients in Yes To Carrots:
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (10%)
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Prunus Amygdalus (Almond oil) Fruit extract, Kaolin, Ceaprlic/capric triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dead Sea Water (Maris Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl (Vitamin A) Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Isostearate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetate Acid, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum)
Ingredients in Osmotics
Purified water, squalane, glycerin, emulsifying wax NF, cetearyl alcohol, ceteareth-20, dimethicone, thermus thermophilus ferment, sodium hyaluronate, bismuth oxychloride, mica, silica, lanolin, phenoxyethanol, capryl glycol, ethylhexylglycerine, hexylene glycol, soybean sterol, carnosine, tetrahydrocurcumin, ceramide, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), linoleic acid, allantoin, stearic acid, lavender oil, carbomer, disodium EDTA, tromethamine.
Ingredients in Nutra-Lift
Organic aloe vera gel, seaweed, vitamin C ester, plant derived isotearyl palmitate, cetyl esters, plant derived gms 450, stearic acid, marine collagen, almond oil, sesame oil, organic white chocolate, vitamin B5 di-panthenol, DMAE, organic royal jelly, cocoa butter, hydrolyzed wheat protein, xanthum gum, natural mixed tocopherols & tocotrienols (vit.E) alpha lipoic acid, guarana, green tea, carrot extract, olive extract, shea butter, CO Q 10, grape seed extract, flax seed oil, hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin F, vitamin K, fruit flower complex, anti-aging complex, herbal complex, blue green algae, orange/cucumber extract, colloidal minerals